Opened in 1948, and nowadays run 'with gusto' by its owner, Elizabeth Perrée, this 'wonderful little hotel with wonderful food' has a loyal following. 'Stylish, idiosyncratic', it stands in 'lovely' grounds, in a quiet southern corner of the island, reached by an isthmus; cows graze in an adjacent field. Its white walls are fronted by flowers; indoors are low ceilings and oak beams. Standards are 'consistently high'. 'The enthusiastic, young, multi-ethnic staff all seemed to want us to have fun.' Canapés at the bar (where a fire burns on cold days) precede dinner in the candlelit restaurant. Chef Colin Day's dishes include saddle of venison with a fricassée of oyster mushrooms. There is a separate lobster menu. Many ingredients come from the home farm. Breakfasts can start with champagne, and they include freshly cooked 'Sark Breakfast' (porridge with cream; eggs, sausages, kippers, etc). The tea room serves 'very good lunches'. The bedrooms are charming and some are reached through a door in the bar; some spacious ones are in cottages. You should pack a dress or tie for dinner. Nearby are the natural pools of Venus and Adonis, cliffs, coves, sandy beaches. (JB, and others)
Address: La Sablonnerie Hotel, Little Sark, Channel Islands
This year (2010) Stocks Hotel is undergoing a complete refurbishment and will be re-opening in spring 2011 as Sark's premier hotel accommodation.
The hotel remains in private ownership by three local families and is still personally run by Paul Armorgie.
The hotel can provide the best in accommodation on the Island of Sark together with the best in discreet but efficient personal service combined with unsurpassed local knowledge.
For further information please visit our new website:
Address: Paul Armorgie, Stocks Hotel Dixcart Valley, Sark, Channel Islands, GY9 0SD